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Embryos on Snow Sale Avg Over Years

MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2017

The sale is so large and has been going on for so long that it's a good benchmark of value for upper end embryos in general.

These are unofficial averages.  The averages we pull can be different than official sale reports for several reasons including things like PO'd lots and size of lots.

Top Web Sale Lots Week of 1/9/2017

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2017

Sale Reports

Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $240,000 - Bull sired by Remington Lock N Load 54U
    Embryos on Snow 11th Annual 1-13-2017 #0A
  2. $240,000 - Bull sired by Remington Lock N Load
    Embryos on Snow 11th Annual 2017 #0A
  3. $240,000 - Bull sired by Remington Lock N Load
    Embryos on Snow 2017 #A
  4. $240,000 - Bull sired by Remington Lock N Load
    Embryos on Snow 2017 #0A
  5. $240,000 - Bull sired by Remington Lock N Load
    Embryos on Snow 2017 #OA
  6. $170,000 - Heifer sired by WR Journey-1X74
    National Western Angus Bull Sale 1-11-2017 #1000
  7. $150,000 - Bull sired by Silveiras Style 9303
    The 15th Annual Denim and Diamonds Angus Sale 2017 #1
  8. $120,000 - Bull sired by HA OUTSIDE 3008
    Bases Loaded Elite Angus Sale 2017 #1
  9. $120,000 - Bull sired by HA OUTSIDE 3008
    Basin Loaded Elite Angus Sale 2017 #1
  10. $110,000 - Heifer sired by Buyer's Choice
    Mile High Night The National Hereford Sale 1-13-2017 #4

Birth Weights in The Yards

FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2017

Can you guys just tell bull owners that you don’t really care what the birthweight was on display bulls?

Let’s talk about taking birthweights for a second.

What else do you do that is more likely to get you injured than taking birthweights?  You’re lifting live weight while under the watch of a protective and hormonal mother.

For some stupid reason, one year I tried taking birthweights for like half a calf crop.  I loved the excitement of it but even I was smart enough to stop by the time the Americans started calving consistently.  

I’ve heard ranchers talk about ten million things they need to do, none of them have said “I need to go check calves and get birthweights” even though that would be one of their sole focuses for several months a year if they actually did it.

Back to the point, we all understand why they put a birthweight on the banners, they have to.

There are plenty of extremely naive people who think every breeding bull has to have a birthweight and think something is up when one isn’t listed.  Their money cashes just as well as, and most of the time better than, money from steer jocks that realize clubby birth weights are bull ****.

It’s not the bull owner’s fault for making up birth weights for their bulls, it’s your fault for expecting them to.

Eleven Years Ago

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2017

It was ten years ago that I first went out to Denver with a little camera to shoot videos of bulls on display.  It was the first time I had been to the National Western and it was that year that the temperatures didn’t get much above ten degrees the entire time.

I don’t pretend to be an old time bur for the young’ns, here’s a snapshot of what was different just that short time ago…

Manchild

There hasn’t been a bull in The yards talked about as much as that bull was.  Monopoly?  Not even close.  The hype around what he looked like in The Yards is 90% of the reason I decided to go.  Haven’t heard of Manchild?  There’s a lesson in that.

Internet Forums

The age of show steer forums has somewhat passed although Steerplanet is still moving along just fine.  Back then Breedersworld wasn’t one of the big boys in online sales, online sales didn’t even exist, it was a directory and forum.  Showsteers.com banned the term “cattle.com” from their forum because back in those days people thought they could eliminate competition that way.  

Facebook 

It might as well have not existed back then.  It did exist but it was only college kids.  Parents hadn’t started moving to it and it didn’t even come close to resembling the marketing goliath it is now.

Oh, and a business could actually get something shared without spending money back then too.

Anything Goes Photography

Picturing bulls in The Yards used the be the norm.  Any photographer could shoot whatever they wanted anywhere they wanted.  They all had their favorite spots but unfortunately some of them thought that those spots belonged to them because they had shot there for so long.  That led to the currently understandable but restrictive policies on professional photography.

The Yards Were Empty

Until a change in leadership at the National Western took place a few years later, the rights to individual spots in Herd Bull Alley were reserved by people as long as they kept paying their lease.  Those people were then able to rent out their spots to others from year to year.  The wait list to actually get the rights to a spot were 15 year long if the rumors I heard were true.

That led to close to 40% of the spots being empty because somebody didn’t find a renter that year.  They didn’t just let their spot go, they knew it had value, they just paid the fee and let it sit empty.

That changed, the people who ‘owned’ the rights to a spot lost them if they didn’t actually use them, and it brought about a MUCH more vibrant experience in The Yards.

DSLRs and Humidity

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2017

A little tid bit of advice for rookie camerawomen and/or those of you who are shooting with that nice DSLR you bought your wife for Christmas.

If you step out of the truck and think to yourself that it’s extremely humid outside, leave the camera alone.  Do not turn it on.  Those cameras are not made for humid environments and you can pay a hefty price for it.  I’ve learned that lesson twice now.

The first time was several years back when we were shooting a judging contest about three hours away.  In order to make it to the show in time, we got a hotel the night before and I spent several hundred as a sponsor for the event.  We started shooting about 7:00 AM and decided to go to the hog barn and get some of the hog classes.

It was a hog barn that had relatively poor ventilation and you could smell the ammonia in the air because it had gotten so humid over the course of the show.  We immediately started sweating as soon as we walked in the door.

We turned the camera on, shot for three seconds, watched some lines come across the screen, and were then just plain old screwed.  The camera wouldn’t even turn on again.  Luckily that camera would start working again a week later after I left it in a dry spot.

The second time, and the costly one, was last October.

Same story.

Get to the contest, notice that it’s extremely humid (it was as humid as it gets without raining), turned the camera on, and oops, it shut down, never to be heard from again.  That camera, a Cannon D something, was shot for good.

While searching for solutions, it became clear I was far from alone in my problem.  Almost all of the advice is about shooting in the tropics, which I assume is the same thing as Texas on an extremely humid day.

It’s a lesson that might save you several thousand some day though.

2016 Midwest and 2017 Southern Steer Sale Summary Pages

TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2017

Last fall I forgot to create the summary page for the midwest steer sale season and finally got around to doing it...


2016 Midwest Steer Sale Summary

We've also posted the 2017 southern steer sale summary that will update throughout the spring...

2017 Southern Steer Sale Summary

A Riddle

MONDAY, JANUARY 09, 2017

If it’s below twenty degrees in Texas and nobody posted on Facebook that they were feeding in this weather……did any steers actually get fed?

I don’t think we’ll ever know.

Top Web Sale Lots Week of 1/2/2017

SUNDAY, JANUARY 08, 2017

Sale Reports

Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $56,000 - Bull sired by TJSC Vindication 152A
    The Royal Edge Sale X 2017 #1
  2. $26,250 - Steer sired by Fu man Chu
    Gillespie Dreamcatchers in Cowtown 1-4-17 #5
  3. $20,000 - Bull sired by BIEBER ROLLIN DEEP Y118
    Mile High Classic Red Angus Auction 1-8-2017 #16B
  4. $18,750 - Bull sired by Buyer's Choice
    National Gelbvieh and Balancer Sale 1-8-2017 #1
  5. $18,000 - Embryo sired by BABR SECRET BRAND 2100Z ET
    National Gelbvieh and Balancer Sale 1-8-2017 #7
  6. $17,000 - Bred Cow sired by BADLANDS NET WORTH 23U
    Mile High Classic Red Angus Auction 1-8-2017 #1
  7. $16,500 - Steer sired by Man Among Boys
    Gillespie Dreamcatchers in Cowtown 1-4-17 #1
  8. $15,500 - Bred Heifer sired by TR MR Fire Water
    Western Exposure Volume IV 2017 #13
  9. $12,500 - Bull sired by RED SSS SOLDIER 365W
    Mile High Classic Red Angus Auction 1-8-2017 #15
  10. $12,000 - Bred Heifer sired by Southern Comfort
    Western Exposure Volume IV 2017 #1

Customer Service Chat Boxes on Ag Sites

FRIDAY, JANUARY 06, 2017

Based on over a decade experience in having customer service chat boxes available on ag and non-ag sites, here is an accurate chart of what types of chat requests you get when you provide easy access to chat based customer support on agricultural sites...


Hotels Near South Texas Stock Shows

THURSDAY, JANUARY 05, 2017

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You - Hi, I need a room for two nights, I'm coming in to help at a county show and we'll need to be there late at nig....

Hotel - Ahem, let me stop you right there.  You can't stay here.  I doubt you ag people can even afford it.  Our rooms go for $250 a night and we're booked up FOREVER.

2017

Hotels - DEALS DEALS DEALS, OUR ROOMS ARE ONLY $75 A NIGHT.  EVERY ROOM AVAILABLE.  PLEASE STAY WITH US.  WE'LL DO ANYTHING!!!!!  PLEASE...really, please, there are a dozen empty hotels in this city of 3,000, we're begging you.......

Denver Display Bulls - Matt Lautner Cattle

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 04, 2017

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Major Show Websites and Mobile Friendliness

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 04, 2017

It’s an extremely common situation to be in.  You’re at a stock show, you don’t have access to a PC, and you need to check something on the show website.  

Did the show pay attention to enough detail to make sure their site is mobile friendly?

I ran about a dozen of the larger stock shows in the country through the Google mobile tool to see if they do and the results are below.

Any web designer that a major stock show should hire should know how to setup to display properly on mobile devices.  Check any decent designer and they'll easily pass.  

This site (cattle.com) doesn't pass mainly because I'm lazy and really need to get around to updating the layout.

The table below includes the results for shows after I ran their sites through the Google mobile tool.

The result?  The vast majority of major shows ARE up to speed...

Show Mobile Friendly? Issues Viewport Text Size Clickable Elements Content Width
Houston Yes 0
National Western Yes 0
Austin Yes 0
San Angelo Yes 0
Iowa State Fair Yes 0
Oklahoma Youth Expo Yes 0
Arizona State Fair Yes 0
Iowa Beef Expo Yes 0
American Royal No 2 X X
Fort Worth No 4 X X X X

The Google tools can’t check San Antonio or the NAILE because those shows block certain bot traffic for various reasons.


Monopoly Takes Back Volume Title from MAB

TUESDAY, JANUARY 03, 2017

Monopoly sired the most calves out of the 600+ bulls that sired the 3,942 steers sold online in the fall of 2016 that we counted.  

2010 - Heat Wave
2011 - Heat Wave
2012 - Monopoly
2013 - Monopoly
2014 - Man Among Boys
2015 - Man Among Boys
2016 - Monopoly

This charge shows what percentage of calves sold online in the fall were sired by specific sires...

I'm Back

MONDAY, JANUARY 02, 2017

Originally there was a reason I took a two week break.  Then I lost momentum and just stopped.  

What have I been doing instead?

Baseball

I managed a Little League baseball team.  It took a whopping two games before I got into a rivalry because I’m still too stupid to realize you don’t correct certain people even when they’re completely wrong.  We finished in second with five wins, two ties, and one loss to the league champs.

No, I don’t drive Uber anymore.

I drove for Uber a total of about five nights last year.  What did I learn from it?  It’s possible to make user interfaces a lot more seamless than I though.  Also, I tip my Uber driver when I use them now because that’s the only actual money they’re actually making.

We launched apps.

I had been asked perhaps a dozen times if we had an app version of our judging score calculator.  Then I had one made, told people, and found out nobody has room on their phones.

Went to Disney

First time, probably only time.  When we went to dinner on the last night and I thought “hey, it’s only $130 for dinner tonight, that’s cheap” I realized it was time to get out of there.

Not Much Chess

I'm fairly certain we're done with the intense chess stuff.  The kiddos reached the point where the law of diminishing returns really kicks in and a good way to lose a client is to forget to show up to a lesson they're paying your $100 for.

Regardless, the point is the blog will have one post every day of the week this year.  I promise that and I just might keep that promise this time.

Top Web Sale Lots Week of 12/19/2016

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2016

Sale Reports

Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $13,000 - Heifer sired by BC Lookout
    Huston Cattle Co. & Taylor Schwartz Cattle Finest of Females Sale 12-22-16 #5
  2. $9,250 - Heifer sired by Exit 174
    Huston Cattle Co. & Taylor Schwartz Cattle Finest of Females Sale 12-22-16 #2
  3. $9,000 - Heifer sired by BC Lookout
    Huston Cattle Co. & Taylor Schwartz Cattle Finest of Females Sale 12-22-16 #4
  4. $8,000 - Heifer sired by Monopoly
    Huston Cattle Co. & Taylor Schwartz Cattle Finest of Females Sale 12-22-16 #12
  5. $7,750 - Pregnancy sired by Silveiras Style 9303
    Schaeffer & Tice All I Want For Christmas Embryo & Flush 12-22-16 #28
  6. $7,000 - Heifer sired by Who Da Man
    Burke Show Cattle Early Christmas Present Sale 12-21-16 #9
  7. $6,751 - Steer sired by Fu Man Chu
    Martin Cattle Co 12-20-16 #2
  8. $6,750 - Heifer sired by Yardley High Regard
    Burke Show Cattle Early Christmas Present Sale 12-21-16 #2
  9. $6,500 - Flush sired by Buyers Choice
    Schaeffer & Tice All I Want For Christmas Embryo & Flush 12-22-16 #10
  10. $6,250 - Heifer sired by Mama's Boys
    Burke Show Cattle Early Christmas Present Sale 12-21-16 #1

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